“I pledge my alliance to abu bakr al Baghdadi,” the Orlando shooter wrote of an ISIS leader on Facebook during a pause in his rampage at Pulse Nightclub. “[M]ay Allah accept me. The real muslims will never accept the filthy ways of the west.”
He also wrote, “You kill innocent women and children by doing us airstrikes..now taste the Islamic state vengeance,” according to Fox News, who reported the findings of Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson.
It appears that his accounts were removed before they could be widely examined. In a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, Johnson asked for Facebook’s help in finding out more about what the shooter had used his five accounts on the site for.
In the letter, more of the shooter’s postings are quoted by Johnson. The senator wrote that the terrorist said, “In the next few days you will see attacks from the Islamic state in the usa.”
Also while in the midst of the shooting rampage, he stopped to use Facebook to search for the terms “Pulse” and “shooting.” This aligns with earlier reports that he called a local news producer to ask if he had heard of the shooting yet. He quite obviously wanted to know the impact he was making and how notorious he was becoming with each minute of the attack, which lasted about four hours.
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